Moving into a new house? Your task list doesn't end once you pack up your old place - and we're not just talking about all the fun unpacking you have ahead of you. Before you get settled in, there are things you need to do to your new home immediately.
Things you should do before moving into new house:
As soon as the closing is over and you've gotten the keys to your house, either buy and install new lock sets or have a locksmith come to the new house to switch them out. Let's face it, the previous owners, Realtors, maintenance folks and who knows who else are all likely to have keys to your place. For some peace of mind and as a necessary step in making this house yours, get new locks installed immediately.
Clean The House
Claim your new space by giving it a thorough cleaning. When the house is empty, you can see every mark and flaw. Also, it’s harder to get to some places after the house is filled with your stuff.
A thorough cleaning of the home should have been done when the sellers were moving out. But unless specific cleaning tasks are called out, the house may not be as spic-n-span as you want.
Even if the house looks clean and tidy when you move in, they may have skipped the carpets. A good cleaning can extend their life, improve air quality, and remove allergens.
With no furniture in the new house, it’s a good time to buff and seal wood floors, and contact a professional carpet cleaning company in Omaha to thoroughly steam clean your carpets. Some previous home owners had pets, or young kids, which destroys the carpets.
Circuit Breaker Box and Main Water Valve
It’s a good idea to figure out which fuses control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have a plumbing emergency, if a hurricane or tornado is headed your way, or if you’re going out of town. Just locate the valve — it could be inside or outside your house — and turn the knob until it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.
Window Treatment or New Windows
Whether you have these custom made or you go for some inexpensive and temporary shades, you'll want to get some something on your windows — both for privacy and that finishing touch. There will be time later, as you live in the house and get to know it better, to choose a more personalized option.